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Calle Zaragoza No 404, Yelapa 48304 Mexico
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Located 30-miles south of Puerto Vallarta floating above the Bay of Banderas, embraced by the mountains of the Valle de la Sierra Oriental, carved out of lush Mexican jungle on a hillside rests Verana. It is as unusual as it is remote. Unique design that is rustic yet sophisticated. Designed for travelers with a sense of adventure and appreciation of tranquility and natural beauty. An indoor/outdoor Spa adds to the amenities of a luxurious getaway.
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You can read other reviews to understand why this is an awesome place for a vacation. I'll just try to help you have as worry-free trip as possible. #1 Get your shots - we checked with the hospital and got Hep A & B. #2 Be Careful About Taxi Ride to the Boat Verana emails warn you that you might get hustled by people claiming to be your ride - add to this news reports indicate that Jalisco is not completely safe (pretty small but not zero chance of problems, including kidnapping). So we felt cautious and arranged for the car service from Verana. They told us to meet at a specific info desk in the airport and warned us not to ride with anyone that didn't have our name. They gave us a number to call if we ran into any issue, but no one picked up at that line when we called. They tried to direct us to a VIP Taxi service that supposedly worked with Verana, but no one knew our name so we were hesitant to trust them. We ended up taking taxi from taxi stand, which worked fine. Cost should be 650-750 pesos $34-$40 USD. Highly recommend paying for international phone service but be aware voice messages may be fully in Spanish. #3 Taxi takes you an hour south to Boca de Tomatlan, a tiny village with a pretty basic pier. There you catch a small boat with Verana name on the stern (they have a number of these boats) and this takes a half hour (lovely ride along the coast, although possibly a little bumpy) to reach Yelapa and Verana (just outside Yelapa on hillside at mouth of the cove). We arrived late to the pier but found the boat waiting for us. #4 10% gratuity included in Verana bill, and opportunity to add tips at the end. So you don't need to worry about tipping as you go - extras like Spa you have opportunity to tip separately. Be sure to track your charges and double check your bill at the end. We had been double charged for cocktails several times. #5 Our living space was open to the elements - for some reason, no birds or animals come in - they warn of scorpions, but we didn't see any, nor any other insects except a Preying Mantis. Mosquitoes weren't bad. Be sure to secure the netting and use insect repellant. One other important thing to note is that they have a delicate sewage system so you can't flush toilet paper. Didn't end up being much of a concern. #6 We mostly chilled out in Verana itself. The Bath Under the Stars was lovely and recommended. We enjoyed our private dinner at our living quarters and our breakfast in quarters. Honeymoonesque! If you get a massage, be aware that if you ask for it to be firm, you might be super sore afterwards! Infinity pool up on hill with a bar below, very nice! There were less than 20 guests total. You can keep to yourself or be social - either is easy to do. Recommend tequila lesson, but maybe take at night? We took in afternoon and got a little drunk and then hung over (at least I did). It's a 20 minute walk to the closest town (Yelapa). #7 Food is good to great. I didn't put down any restrictions and got fish about half the time. IMO the fish was the best, plus breakfast. My wife loved the trio at lunch with hummus, guacamole & pico de gallo with chips.
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One of the most enjoyable vacations I have ever experienced. Incredibly gorgeous views, friendly, kind staff. Auera, one of the yoga instructors and masseuses' provided wonderful yoga classes and spa treatments. Every meal was delicious, the margarita's were fantastic. This property and landscaping was always clean and beautifully landscaped to fit the natural surrounding environment. I hope to return many, many times!
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This place was beyond fatanstic ! My wife and I have backpacked all over the world and now were faced with our 24th Anniversary , the car ride, then boat ride along the coast was just beautiful . When we arrived we were met by Fallon who explained everything as we hiked up the jungle to the main area and into what is far and away the most incredible place i have ever stayed , the privacy in each place is just insane ! my wife and i toured every private place and each is very special . The food is fatastic ! and drinks just as well . What really made the place was the crew ! Eric , Joel , Chuy , the massage gals . We did the night under the stars which was couples massage 5 star dinner in your pad and night time soak in the hot tub . Everyone at the Verana enjoyed their job and we are planning to go again ! Having morning coffeee while the whales surface and blow was really special . having a mini bar with cold beers made this stay the best ever . If you snorkel , going out right by the docks is great and water temp in 70s is awesome. I waited a full week after coming home to the beach in California to come up with suggestions on the stay , but have none ! PS the hammocks next to the pool are the greatest nap areas ever also showering outside in a totally private suite is just great
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Okay, so this place is pretty amazing, undoubtedly. The views incredible, the staff friendly, rooms clean, and generally well maintained and the breakfasts were delicious. It's quiet and peaceful and is near a lovely little village, Yelapa, that has no cars and it's own kind of rustic charm. So far so good. We stayed for 4 nights in the v-house (huge open air jungle lodge) We went on a horse ride to the waterfalls, has a deep tissue massage (my girlfriend anyway, who said it was very good) and did the paradise picnic. And this is where one of the problems occurred. We're were promised isolation on a secluded beach .. What we go was a beach where at least 35 other people came a shore, many of whom were whooping and carrying on...spoiling the beauty and romantic nature of the trip somewhat. While this incident certainly wasn't the fault of Verana directly, we felt what they were selling they couldn't deliver on. It was priced at 130usd for an okay picnic and for a boat trip of 15 mins.. They actually doubled it up with a transfer to the airport for another couple and forgot the snorkelling equipment (they did deliver some an hour an half after we were dropped off). When we complained we were initially told no beach is private and it wasn't their fault.. Which annoyed us a little. Eventually the manager Alex apologised after we confronted him and offered a discount or a bottle of wine.. But the damage was done. Because the prices here are top whack, you expect something pretty special and on occasion it felt it was a little slapdash in the approach.. Fine if it were half the price, but not when they price it firmly in the top end bracket. The food was very good, but lacked choice for vegetarians (something quite common in Mexico actually, vegetarianism not being their preferred diet) So, in summary, go here for an experience of terrific peacefulness and tranquility. But don't expect to get anything above what you pay for, and in some instances, you may get well below.
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Getting to Verana is advertised as being part of the adventure. After planes, automobiles and a panga ride down the coast, we were greeted at the private dock by Chantal who guided us to the resort. The initial shabby, even slightly dilapidated, feel quickly transitioned into a rustic bohemian ambiance during the 20-minute climb. Verana has 10 "houses," each uniquely designed, open-walled but very private. As introvert travelers our preference for off-season paid off again, as only 4 houses were "open" and we shared the resort with just 2 couples. Our room was rightfully named the Palapa- it was spacious, private, with a thatched roof, no walls and a paradise view. It boasted a large daybed, ceiling fans, stocked mini-fridge and adequate plugs. WIFI was a little slow at times and there were limited options for fitness. The main bar was stocked with Mexican tequila, some rum and limited Mexican wine and beer - but almost nothing else. The restaurant served a fixed menu and the food, in general, was excellent. See more on blogspot talaria and petasos.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Verana
Which popular attractions are close to Verana?
Nearby attractions include Rhythms of the Night by Vallarta Adventures (4.8 miles), Majahuitas Beach (4.4 miles), and Yelapa Waterfalls (0.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Verana?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Verana?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Verana?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ray's Place, CAFE BAHIA, and taqueria los Abuelos.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Verana?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Verana have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.